Interview with The Bad Seed actor MATT MINTO “The murder of Julia Stevens will kick off a reckoning for Simon and his past.”
The show first appeared on TVNZ1 in New Zealand and tells the story of Ford and Simon Lampton, two brothers who have a very dark history. An investigation is launched after their neighbour is murdered which quickly puts the Lampton household in the spotlight and on a downward spiral.
Speaking to Telly Binge, Minto (who plays Simon) says he read The Night Book - one of the two novels the show is based on, “I started reading it prior to filming, it’s a terrific novel. Parts of Simon’s internal world were illuminated to me by reading it.”
“I found it confusing because the TV scripts differed quite a bit from the book. We decided as a cast to work from the script as it was completely independent.”
“Charlotte Grimshaw (author of the two books) attended all the read-throughs of each episode. I believe she gave plenty of feedback and worked closely with the producer/writers.”
When we first join the show, Simon is a paediatric surgeon living in the good-part of a town, “He has worked extremely hard to build a life that by every measure looks and seems like a success. It’s built for appearances and more as a cover.”
“He has spent his life running from the horrors of his childhood and has attempted to do this by creating a new story. The murder of Julia Stevens will kick off a reckoning for himself and his past.”
“Da Silva (the detective looking into the murder) begins to suspect Simon because he repeatedly lies to her. Simon has a lot to hide.”
He certainly does, even his lies to his wife Karen because he’s having an affair. “Mereana is probably the person Simon is most honest with – he doesn’t have to play a role with her.”
“She’s from a world very familiar to Simon. A world he’s probably more comfortable with compared to the life he’s created across town.”
Also starring in the series is Dean O’Gorman, Madeleine Sami and Vinnie Bennett. It was produced by Jump TV and South Pacific Pictures.
In another interview with Newstalk ZB, Matt suggested that both brothers were real survivors. When we asked him why, he explained; “Given the extreme abuse they were exposed to at an early age, both brothers have had to draw on different skills to survive.”
“They have taken very different approaches and are different people, but there is a strong bond between them. Simon loves Ford and relies on him for support. He is also a reminder of the past Simon has been running from, so there’s an underlying conflict there.”